Theories often abound that we are a nation obsessed with cleaning, that if we just relaxed a little then childhood asthma, eczema, allergies and the like would all just fade away back to pre-war levels.
I disagree. As anyone who has seen my house will attest, I am not a cleaning freak. I’d love a clean tidy home but life in general just gets in the way so ‘good enough’ or sometimes ‘not good enough’ just has to do. But open my cupboard under the sink and you’d think differently. I took the time today to count how many different cleaning products I am currently giving house room too. Under the kitchen sink alone I have 24. TWENTY-FOUR! If I scoured the rest of the house I could probably add another 10 or 15 to that total – surely this is just too much?!
And I think that’s the point, we’re not cleaning obsessed, we’re cleaning product obsessed. Every time we shop my children make recommendations to me about products that “Bang and the dirt is gone”, and there’s the rub, or not as the case may be. We want instant clean. We don’t want to have to scrub or buff, or scrape. We want our dirt and germs to be nuked into non existence with absolutely zero effort from us. And that can’t be healthy can it?
I’m going to carry on in my own little merry way, a damp e-cloth to do the glass surfaces, a bit of elbow grease when I can be bothered, a duster over the bookshelves and a few windows open to freshen up. Low-tech is the way forward I think – now where did I put that bicarb?